25 Of The Best Band Photos That Will Totally Restore Your Faith In Music

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Pop culture of the 20th century was really rich, especially when it comes to music, bringing a real explosion of new energy, liberation and horizons broadening. Many new directions in music appeared and new bands and individuals were standing on the world stage with their own story to tell.

One of the crucial things in expressing their stories was the visual identity. A high-level of skill and talent is necessary to capture in one perfect shot the unique energy of the band and more or less abstract story following it. Strong visual aesthetics was very important for every band and individual, making people interested even before they had a chance to hear the music.

In the gallery below you can see a great collection of iconic photos made by some of the most talented concert photographers of the time. Sense the energy, passion, and individual signet of the greatest music legends of 20th-century through 25 masterfully captured moments.

1. The Ramones

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Photo by Ian Dickson

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2. Elton John – Dodger Stadium

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Photo by Terry O’Neill

3. Fugazi

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Photographer Unknown

4. Jimmy and his Jack

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Photo by Neal Preston

5. B. B. King

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Photo by Keith Morris

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6. Queen

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Photo via ’40 Years Of Queen’ (Goodman)

7. The Doors live at Fillmore East 1968

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Photo by Yale Joel

8. Nat King Cole

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Photo by Dave Dexter

9. Neil Young

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Photo by Joel Bernstein

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10. Jimi Hendrix and Mick Jagger, New York, 1969

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Photo by Eddie Kramer

11. Lou Reed with John Cale, Patti Smith & David Byrne, NYC 1976

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Photo by Bob Gruen

12. Joy Division

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Photo by Kevin Cummins

13. Angus Young (AC/DC) seemingly levitating

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Photographer Unknown

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14. Elvis and Ann-Margret, 1964

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Film still from “Viva Las Vegas’ 1964

15. A young Hans Zimmer next to a Moog synthesizer

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Photographer Unknown

16. Louis Armstrong Plays For His Wife in Giza, 1961

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Photo via Bettmann Archive

17. Jim Morrison 1968

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Photo via Michael Ochs Archives

18. Robert Plant holding a dove that flew into his hands Circa. 1973

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Photo by James Fortune

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19. The Beatles performing their last live public concert on the rooftop of the Apple Organisation

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Photo by The Express

20. Joey Ramones and Gaye Advert London 1978

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Photo via Alain Dister Estate

21. Johnny Cash at San Quentin

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Photo via Jim Marshall

22. The Byrds in New York City

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Photo by Michael Ochs Archives

23. Beastie Boys early 80’s

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Photo by _Sunny Bak _

24. Iggy Pop

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Photo via Tom Copi & Michael Ochs Collection

25. Jimi Hendrix In Bakersfield, California 1968

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Photo from Michael Ochs Archives

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